When Marvel Comics heroes go to war with each other things get ugly really fast. Friendships are shattered, moral lines are crossed, and good people get hurt both physically and mentally. That’s happening right now in the Marvel event series “Avengers Vs. X-Men” as the two titular teams tussle over how best to handle the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix.
This fall that conflict will inspire a new battle between two Marvel teams and the results will be… adorable? That’s because two teams of titular toddlers will tangle in October’s “A-Babies Vs. X-Babies” one-shot by writer Skottie Young and the art team of Guruhiru. CBR News spoke with Young about the one-shot, which was announced by Marvel yesterday at their “Cup O’ Joe” panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
CBR News: Skottie, you have a connection to the X-Babies having provided the covers to their miniseries from a couple years back. What’s it like returning to these characters as a writer?
Skottie Young: It’s fantastic. There’s nothing funner than getting to play with the characters that we all know and love but through the eyes of BABIES! Come on, who doesn’t want the job of writing that?
This book is obviously inspired by “Avengers Vs. X-Men,” a book which features a huge cast of characters. Will that be the same with “A-Babies Vs. X-Babies?” Can you talk about, hint, or tease some of the characters that we’ll see? Will we get counterparts of all the major characters?
You can expect to see as many characters as Guruhiru can fit into the pages. I’m writing your major characters as the stars, but in a book like this, you’ll have fun looking around trying to see who you notice in diapers and onesies! Be assured that you’ll see some of my favorites — Hulk, Magneto, Baby Cable, etc. We’re going to have some fun.
The X-Babies first appeared back in 1988 and have popped up occasionally since then, so they have some backstory. Will their backstory and continuity with things like Mojoworld be part of this story? Or is this more of an accessible, new reader friendly tale that’s concerned about delivering the promise of it’s title?
The idea is cute, fun, and funny, and that’s it. I’m not worrying about past stories involving Mojoworld or how they relate to the Marvel Universe. No one wants to see pages wasted on me trying to shoehorn a fun idea into continuity. We’re not pretending that this is anything but a big fun romp that you can read as a companion with “AvX” or to your kids over and over without them knowing anything at all about the Marvel Universe. It’s just about having fun with some characters that we all love.
So “A-Babies Vs. X-Babies” gives you a chance to have fun and perhaps satire the events of “AvX,” but how closely will your story mirror that story? Is this its own thing? Or is this more a straight up parody tale?
This is more of its own thing. Again, I don’t want to water down what the guys are doing with “AvX” and just do a spoof. We’re going to have fun on our own and just use all their toys. [Laughs]
What can you tell us about the tone of the book? It feels like an all-ages book that can offer something different to the reader depending on their age. Is that correct?
For sure. It will be fun for young and old. I’m a grown man that’s very young at heart. My favorite movies each year are of the animated variety. It keeps me smiling and energized. That’s what I want to do with this book. Old school fans will have fun seeing alternate versions of their favorite characters beating each other up and kids will have a blast watching the same thing. Fun for all!
You’re working with Guruhiru on this project and based on what I’ve seen of their work it feels like they can deliver that layered sense of fun and adventure on one hand and satire on the other. What’s it like working with these guys? What can people expect from their work on this project?
Well, I have to give you credit. You answered your own question. I literally have nothing to add except I’m thrilled to have Guruhiru along for the ride. I’ve been fortunate to have some great artists work on the different books I’ve written and I’m excited to see what you all think.
If readers respond to this project would you like to return again to tell more stories with the X-Babies or the A-Babies?
Is baby Magneto the cutest thing ever? YES AND YES! So I encourage everyone to jump in and pick this up. Have some fun. I love these one-off, special projects that break outside the norm and I’d love to show everyone that there is a place for them.
“A-Babies Vs. X-Babies” crawls into stores in October.